OAKLAND -- Bishop O'Dowd High School's girls basketball team wanted to get off to a good start on Saturday. Mission accomplished.
The Dragons jumped out to a 10-2 lead on visiting St. Mary's in a nonleague game and went on to win 67-49.
Point guard Asha Thomas said her team wanted to come out aggressive.
"We knew if we pushed the ball, they would eventually get tired. Pushing the ball, advancing the ball and looking inside. If not, kick it back. That was our game plan, basically," Thomas said.
Thomas was all over the place, getting 18 points, five assists and four rebounds. Rebounding was another key, as Bishop O'Dowd pulled down the first six rebounds of the game and finished the afternoon with a 59-25 advantage on the boards.
St. Mary's (11-3) fought back in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 42-36. However, a 23-6 run by the Dragons (9-3), including one 12-2 spurt, put the game out of reach.
"You come down, you take a bad shot, they come down and get a three," Panthers coach Nate Fripp said. "You come back down and miss a shot, they hit another three. The next thing you know, it's 12."
St. Mary's got three of Bishop O'Dowd's players in foul trouble -- Breanna Brown, Ariell Bostick and K.C. Waters -- and that opened up the inside for Elexis Goodwin, who finished with 14 points. That was key to the Panthers' comeback.
But it wasn't enough. Although Brown eventually fouled out, she finished with seven rebounds and seven points. Waters scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Oderah Chidom scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Gabby Green scored 16 points and recorded eight steals for St. Mary's.